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iammyownrushmore  ·  2693 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thoughts on things over on Reddit right now?

SJW = hipster in the fashion that it's a term used an insult to toss at "those not like me", in this case typically due to views on feminism and trans issues, amongst other similar topics. This was a term typically applied to those within a cadre of people who take a militant stance about social justice issues, typically far and away on the fringe, politically.

The cabal? There's only so many people who can or want to moderate, power unregulated has a proclivity to become concentrated, and in a environment of too much information, lines get drawn connecting dots that form a much more complex constellation of a story than the simple version that is often more likely to be true.

To me personally, it feels more like a manifestation of blowback from progressive political and social topics that have been taking place on and offline by people ideologically opposed to their aims. Caught up in that are those that have questions about these aims and their nature from a place of sincere curiosity, but some zealous progressives can be a bit, uh, heavy-handed and extremely conflict-oriented with the feedback, and this doesn't lead to conducive conversation. Therefore, the opposing side seems more reasonable and somewhat resembles the world we live in, although on the fringes there are some nasty fascistic tendencies.

  1 tbsp"SJW"  

  1 tbsp extreme social conservative

  3 cups those caught in the middle who are paying attention more to polemics and adherence to a narrative that assists their worldview 

  add all ingredients to a pressure cooker that resembles the proper environment for some permutation of "free speech"

  Toss in one M60 of a conspiracy-minded weirdo, seal lid and turn up heat to a point where some will claim that the pressure cooker can't handle it and will collapse in on itself or explode violently

  Hide until the popcorn comes bursting out of the pressure cooker

  Add salt and enjoy your popcorn.




thundara  ·  2693 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    SJW = hipster in the fashion that it's a term used an insult to toss at "those not like me", in this case typically due to views on feminism and trans issues, amongst other similar topics. This was a term typically applied to those within a cadre of people who take a militant stance about social justice issues, typically far and away on the fringe, politically.

I was thinking something similar: SJW started as a label for a very fringe group (see claims of white / cis / male being worse and not equals with peoples of other race and identity). However, it has since become a pejorative to refer to liberal activists of all sorts. Attended a march for worker rights? SJW. #blacklivesmatter? SJW.

It's a little like "hipster" which itself started as a term for white people emulating black jazz musicians and has since been extended to include knitting.

tacocat  ·  2692 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The ability for the internet to make anything into a pejorative is disturbing. It's mostly kids doing this but responding to stupidity with more stupidity is what the internet does best. See Anita Sarkeesian. She wants a more diverse representation of women in vidja games but clearly didn't play through Hitman. Internet court says the verdict is rape and murder threats

thundara  ·  2692 days ago  ·  link  ·  

To be fair, it happens outside the world of the internets. O'reilly uses "liberal" as a pejorative in the same way that others might use the word "asshole". But anonymous threats, swats, and doxing + bullying are sadly more common among pissed-off internet kiddies.

tacocat  ·  2691 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That was the short form of my rant about how disappointing the internet can be. I was on my phone and irrespective of that the long form probably isn't worth my time